THOUGHTS FOR LIFE August 25
The church is God′s answer to man′s lost identity. The word ‘ekklesia′ which Jesus introduces here does not refer to a building or an organisation, but to the original divine identity of mankind restored and revealed anew in Christ as in a mirror.
The Greek preposition, ek, always refers to origin or source (see 1 Corinthians 1:30, Hebrews 2:11) and klésia, (from kaléo) means to surname or to identify by name.
The essential meaning and purpose of the church then is to extend the ministry of Jesus Christ which is to unveil the true Christ-like identity of every man. “We were born anew into a living hope when Jesus was raised from the dead″ (1 Pet. 1:3).